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 In the early hours on April 1st, Maquoketa police officer - Sergeant Brendan Zeimet was getting ready to finish his shift.

That's when he noticed a truck parked on along a street facing the wrong direction.

Authorities say as he approached the vehicle, the officer observed the driver to be intoxicated and holding an assault rifle.

That's when the officer told the suspect, Aaron Scott to put the rifle down and he back away.

That's when a gunfire broke out.

"Sgt. Zeimet knew he was outgunned right away," says Department of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Matt George. "He identified the rifle. He knew he had a .40 caliber handgun and took the actions necessary to protect himself.

According to investigators, all of the action involving Sgt. Zeimet and shooter Aaron Scott, happened very quickly. 

"Sgt. Zeimet (was) retreating back to cover and concealment and drawing his gun at the same time," says George. "He does order Aaron Scott to drop the gun... and the gun Scott has going from a 45 degree angle pointing at the ground, up to his waist and gun fire ensues at that point in time."

During the shootout, investigators says Zeimet fired his gun seven times. 

Scott fired at least 14 times, but could've been as high as 19.

But what led to the shooting?

Right now, investigators still aren't entirely sure. 

But what they do know is that night, Aaron Scott wanted to die.

"Based on the note left at his house, we know that at some point, he planned to die. We don't know his plan on how that was going to unfold," George explains.

According to George, before the shooting, Scott called his estranged wife, telling her to go home and take care of their child. 

When she got there, Scott was gone.

She found several boxes of gun ammunition and a suicide note. 

Investigators say Scott was later found dead in his truck, from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. 

 

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